Adetokunbo Kayode

Adetokunbo Kayode is a Nigerian corporate lawyer, tax expert and international arbitrator.

Adetokunbo Kayode
Federal Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation
In office
26 July 2007 – 7 November 2008
Preceded byBabalola Borisade
Succeeded byJibrin Bello Gada
Federal Minister of Labour
In office
17 December 2008 – 10 February 2010
Preceded byHassan Muhammed Lawal
Succeeded byIbrahim Kazaure
Federal Minister of Justice
In office
10 February 2010 – 17 March 2010
Preceded byMichael Aondoakaa
Succeeded byMohammed Bello Adoke
Defence Minister of Nigeria
In office
6 April 2010 – 2011
Preceded byGodwin Abbe
Succeeded byHaliru Mohammed Bello
Personal details
Born (1958-10-31) 31 October 1958 (age 63)
Ondo State, Nigeria

Early lifeEdit

He attended CMS Grammar School, in Lagos. It is the oldest secondary school in Nigeria. He studied law at the University of Lagos, Nigeria Law School, Lagos, Strategic Leadership at the Oxford and Cambridge Universities, Strategy and Public Communications at the World Bank/ Annenberg Program of the University of Southern California, as well as Strategic Negotiations training at Harvard University.


He is a Senior Advocate Of Nigeria (SAN), a Life Bencher (the highest legal rank and honor in Nigeria). He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration, UK; Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Mediators and Conciliators of Nigeria; and Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria.

He served the Government of Nigeria as cabinet minister in four different positions: Culture and Tourism; Labour: where he appointed Adesoji Adesugba as his Technical Advisor, Employment; Federal Attorney General and Hon Minister of Justice and as Minister of Defence.

He chairs the Peace and Security Committee of the Pan African Lawyers Union, Daresallam, Tanzania.

Kayode has business interests in law, agriculture, power and mining. He is on the board of the National Associations of Chambers of Commerce, Industry Mines and Agriculture of Nigeria, Nigerian Chamber of Mines, Nigeria Association of Investment Promotion Agencies.

He chairs the Boards of the Gemological Institute of Nigeria, Gems Miners and Marketers Association of Nigeria as well as the Board of Trustees of the National Association of Small Scale Industrialists and the Nigeria Private Sector Alliance. He represents the Nigeria Organised Private Sector (OPS) on Nigerian official delegations at international trade negotiations at the World Trade Organization, ACFTA, etc.

He was awarded Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) as well as the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) of the Republic of Liberia. He serves as president, Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nigeria.[1]


  1. ^ Daniel Idonor (6 April 2010). "Jonathan Names New Cabinet". Vanguard. Retrieved 13 April 2010.